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May 6, 2013

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: The Big Bang Banquet right around the corner

(Continued)

Bearded Bonanza

Fourteen-year-old Jacob Heath harvested his bird at 7:50 a.m. on April 28. His Bearded Bonanza weighed in at 18.50 pounds and had 8 beards. The first was 6.3/4", #2- 7 1/8", #3-6 1/4", #4 - 7 1/4", #5 - 5 1/16", #6 - 7 1/4", #7 - 7 3/4", and #8 - 7 1/2". The spurs were 1" long.  Jacob used a 12gauge Mossberg 500 with 3 & 1⁄2 inch super mags packed with #4 shot. His accomplice’s Heath and Matt Sironen.

Keeping score

Before you begin to score your turkey, be sure to note that all measurements are taken in 1/16-inch increments and converted to decimal form. A current NWTF member or another licensed hunter from the state where the bird was harvested must verify all measurements in order to record it with the NWTF. Here’s the procedure to find our how your bird came in on the scoring scale.

Step 1 — Weigh your bird in pounds and ounces and convert ounces to decimal form.

Step 2 — Measure each spur. Spurs must be measured along the outside center, from the point at which the spur protrudes from the scaled leg skin to the tip of the spur. Add both spur measurements and multiply the combined length of the spurs by 10. This is the number of points you receive for the turkey’s spurs.

Step 3 — Measure the beard length (a beard must be measured from the center point of the protrusion of the skin to the tip) and convert it to decimal form.

Next, multiply the beard length figure by 2; this is the number of points you receive for the beard length. If you have an atypical bird (multiple beards), measure each beard, convert them to a decimal number, then add those figures together and multiply by two. This is the number of points you receive for your turkey’s beards.

Step 4 — Add the weight, the points for spurs and points for beard(s): Voila! This is the score you receive for your turkey.

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